The New Year is the perfect time to reflect on your business strategy, and especially how technology plays a role in your success.
Ask yourself: Did our technology help the company achieve its business goals? Is our current setup going to help us scale our company? How can we use technology to improve efficiency in our business? This year make your technology roadmap a top priority in your strategy. One way to help develop this plan is by evaluating your current technology environment. Ask yourself some questions to starting building a roadmap.
How many devices are in my company?
It's important to stay on top of the devices used within your company. How many people are using office computers? Do my coworkers bring their own laptops to work? Is there an old device from a former employee that is clogging up my network? Your IT partner should be keeping track of this inventory to know what devices to monitor and how to keep your information safe.
How old are each of these devices?
Knowing the age of each device in your IT environment can help you prioritize what needs to be upgraded. Using older technology could make you more susceptible to security threats. And as much as you might love your trusty old Windows desktop computer, it could save you time and money in the long run to upgrade your technology.
Do these devices get regular software updates?
We know how tempting it is to click "remind me later" on update pop ups. But these updates can reinforce your network and keep you safe from any breaches. It's critical to know if all your company's devices are staying up to date on the latest software, and if they are being updated on a routine basis.
Do we have user account policies defined?
How often do my coworkers update their passwords? Do I have accounts that haven't been logged into for over a year? Are there still accounts from previous employees that are taking up valuable bandwidth? Unused accounts and old passwords can leave you open to security vulnerabilities. Setting clear account policies and organizing your accounts can keep your company safe from malicious entities.
If you're unsure of the answers to any of the questions above, a technology evaluation might be right for you. It can give you an overview of your current IT environment and provide you with remediation suggestions for keeping your company secure. But you don't have to go through it alone. Blackink IT can provide the help you need in assessing your current IT environment and building a technology roadmap that's fit for your business.
Reach out to Cat Edmonds at firstname.lastname@example.org, she will be happy to see if Blackink can help with your needs.